Michael Tippett

Jan 9, 2023 | Cap Initiative, News


Michael Tippett was born in Cadbury Heath in June 1930 and he played for Poplar Rovers, Oldland and Cadbury Heath before signing for Rovers in January 1948.

His debut, against Exeter City, on 10th April 1950, saw him become the 298th player to make his league debut for the club. A Geoff Bradford goal saw Rovers register a 1-0 win that day, the first of Michael’s eight first team appearances.

Later that month he scored in successive games, against Norwich City and Newport County, both of which ended in wins for Rovers.

He remained on Rovers’ books whilst on National Service and on leaving Eastville he signed for Chippenham United in August 1955, later playing for Bridgwater Town, Glastonbury and Oldland.

Michael passed away in April 2003.

His son, Pete, has recently been presented with Michael’s cap which, as you can see, is now proudly on display at his Sheffield home.


The photo of his father is taken from the 1949/50 Western League side team photo, also reproduced here, along with a later photo of Michael and Pete taken after a rigorous game of squash!


This is what Pete had to say on receipt of the cap; the references to other family members is in response to a query raised by Stephen Byrne with regard to Michael’s pen pic in ‘Pirates in Profile.’

Hi Keith,

I received the cap and certificate this morning, thanks. They’re great, dad would have been very proud.

I took this photo, hope it’s ok. Did you want a photo of dad in later life as well?

As for grandparents, the info about their names and dates are correct. I asked my sister about the daughter called Esther and she told me that she was always known as Lynn, something I’d never known!

She also told me the correct order – Ethel, Lynn, Reg, Cecil, Jim, Mary, Michael, Pam. Hope this helps.

Thanks for all your work with the caps, keep up the good work.


All the best, Pete UTG!